When leaves start falling in your neighborhood, go on a leaf lookout and learn all about trees.
What You Need
- Shopping bag
- Black or brown crayon (optional)
- Sheets of blank paper (optional)
- Area with trees
What You Do
- Gather Leaves
First, gather a leaf from several different types of trees in your neighborhood or park. Put the leaves in a bag and head out with your child.
- Match Leaves to Trees
Pull a leaf out of the bag and see if your can match it to a tree.
- Make Bark Rubbings
- If you take some paper and a crayon, your child can also make a bark rubbing of some of the trees. Just press the paper to the bark and rub the crayon lightly over it. A crayon stub rubbed on its side works great for this activity.
- You can help your child compile his or her own tree book, complete with the leaves, the names of the trees the leaves come from, and their bark rubbings.